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Wood stars alongside England captains

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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A dream came true for Frome teenager Bron Wood when he had the chance to share a pitch with three former England captains.

The 13-year-old and fellow Bath CC player Benedict Gundry, 14, lined up alongside Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff and Darren Gough for the Chris Evans XI against the Bunbury charity side at Kent's Canterbury ground.

The opportunity arose when Wood's uncle won the Radio 2 breakfast DJ's Big Boundary Cricket Prize in the run-up to the 2011 Children in Need appeal.

King Edward's schoolboy Gundry, who has captained Somerset age-group sides for the past three years, took the first two Bunbury wickets to fall with his leg-spin – including that of England wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Wood, who attends Hugh Sexey School at Bruton, was the most economical member of the attack and later opened the batting alongside Vaughan, scoring 11 in a seven-over stay at the crease. The Ashes-winning skipper top-scored on 35.

Nick Wood, Bron's dad, said: "Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, in particular, were very good with the two Somerset boys, with lots of advice and encouragement on the field. All in all, it was a day the boys won't forget in a hurry."

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